Before we moved to Sicily, (almost 2 years ago now! 😯 ) I did what any normal red blooded American does… I bought a guide book. The guide book was The Rough Guide to Sicily and I have used it countless times for all different types of reasons. Im a big fan of Rick Steve’s books as well, but unfortunately he doesn’t have a book on Sicily yet. The Rough Guide has proven itself pretty solid on restaurant selections over the past couple years and La Siciliana was one of the first ones that I noted waaayyy back before we moved here. This recommendation was further confirmed by the thumbs up from several of our Sicilian friends, who would always have a funny reaction when I mentioned the restaurant. It seems that the place has a bit of a reputation as being a fancy hangout for mafioso types. It must be good if they are going! Unfortunately we haven’t gotten around to going there until this past Saturday night.
I called and made reservations for 8:00 (Their opening time). By the way… just wanted to mention that my Italian has gotten to a point where I am comfortable making these kind of calls. I have to applaud myself when Im able to do these kind of things because for the most part my Italian is pretty terrible. So we arrived at 8:00 and as usual we were the only crazy people there at that “early”, which I happen to like for a few reasons. First you can choose any table in the place. Second you get great service until it starts getting busy. Lastly the chef has time to make your dish without stress. I digress. We got a great table and sometimes you just have a feeling that you are in for something good and sure enough it delivered!
All of our dishes were top notch. And the service was definitely a step above every place that we have been in Sicily. Granted you do pay for this service with an automic servizio charge, which I have never seen before. Usually its just a simple “Coperto” of 2-3 euros, but La Siciliana implements an automatic 11% servizio (service) charge. I will gladly pay this amount for the quality of service that we received. Especially since we are used to paying 20% back in the States at every restaurant. Without further ado, the pictures and details are below. Let me know if any of you have tried La Siciliana and have a specific recommendation. I bet everything on the menu is good. We will be going back!
Ristorante La Siciliana
Viale Marco Polo 52/a – 95126 Catania Italy